MODEC and Partners Support 4 National COVID-19 Testing Centres with over USD 600,000
Left to Right: Prof Abraham Anang (NMIMR), Dr. Anastasia Yirenkyi (MOH), Dr. Lutterodt (MOH), Dr. Richard Phillips (Director, KCCR), Hon. Dr. Oko Boye (deputy Minister of Health), Mr. Theophilus Ahwireng (Managing Director, MPSG), Mr. Malcolm Watson (MPSG), Dr. Papa Benin (MPSG).
Bolstering the efforts of government and critical institutions in managing the transmission of COVID-19 in Ghana, MODEC, Inc. (“MODEC”), a leading provider of floating solutions in the upstream petroleum industry, and its partners namely, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (“MOL”) and Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”) through their partnership in the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills have thrown their weight behind national efforts in protecting lives and livelihoods from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing over USD 600,000 (approx. 3.5 million Ghana Cedis) to support four (4) National Testing Laboratories/Centres in Ghana.
The USD 606,600 donation included PCR testing kits to test over 10,000 samples, laboratory equipment, consumables, reagents and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (“NMIMR”), Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (“KCCR”), Takoradi Veterinary Laboratory (“TVL”), and National Public Health Reference Laboratory (“NPHRL”) in Sekondi to augment their critical work of testing, detecting and tackling the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
This donation by T.E.N. Ghana MV25 B.V., a joint venture company which engages in a charter project of the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, goes further to also help to fund the set-up of the Sekondi NPHRL, under the Ghana Health Service, by providing essential laboratory equipment and consumables for testing an additional 1,000 samples in its initial operations.
Some of the equipment includes state of the art PCR Testing Machine/Optical Reaction Module and Thermal Cycler, BIOHAZARD vertical laminar airflow cabinets and Centrifuge with aerosoltight Rotor worth over USD 78,000.
Besides delivering basic molecular testing, the startup of this new laboratory offers a second COVID-19 testing facility and capabilities to supplement the efforts of TVL and to support the Central and Western regions of the country, reaching approximately 5.6 million people.
“A timely and effective test and trace system is important to mitigate the transmission and spread of the novel corona virus. This becomes increasingly imperative as the country eases restrictions and returns to some levels of normal activities,” said Theophilus Ahwireng, Managing Director, MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd.
MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd at the presentation ceremony in Accra said the reason they and their partners are supporting the country’s commendable efforts to provide adequate opportunities through these identified laboratories and testing centres is to help early detection and minimising the spread of the virus.
Reflecting on the donation by MODEC and partners , Hon. Dr. Bernard Oko Boye the Deputy Minister of Health, remarked, “We are very glad to have such a donation at this time, especially since some people think that the fight against the virus is over. Our objective is to reach zero active cases and we are committed to rigorous testing, detecting, and tracing. This can be achieved with such partnerships. I thank MODEC and its partners for their consistency in the area of health.”
Receiving the items, the Directors of the beneficiary institutions Prof. Abraham Anang (NMIMR), Prof. Richard Phillips (KCCR), Dr. Adu-Kuma (TVL) and Solomon Asante Sefa representative of NPHRL commended MODEC and partners for the exemplary display of the corporate social responsibility.
Together with its client, Tullow Ghana Ltd and with the support of the Ghana Health Service, MPSG has to date managed safely the impact of COVID-19 on its operations on FPSOs namely, the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah and the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills while delivering strong operational performance this year.
In May this year, The Ghana Upstream Petroleum Chamber of which MPSG is a member also donated essential PPE to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra to assist frontline health workers tackle COVID-19.
About MODEC and Partners
Back Row, Left to right : Prof. Abraham Anang ( Director NMIMR), Dr Anastasia Yirenkyi (MOH), Mr. Malcolm Watson (MPSG), Mr. Theophilus Ahwireng (Managing Director, MPSG), Hon. Dr. Oko Boye (Deputy Minister of Health), Dr. Lutterodt (MOH), Dr. Papa Benin (MPSG), Dr. Ernest Nagali (Tullow Ghana Ltd.)
Front row, left to right: Mr. John Addei (MPSG), Dr. Simone Gbene (TVL), Dr. Adu-Kuma National Director, (VL), Solomon Asante-Sefa (NPHRL), Mr. Kwabena Kwadade (MPSG), Prof. Richard Phillips (Director, KCCR)
MODEC and its partners (Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni) make up a joint venture company known as T.E.N. Ghana MV25 B.V., which engages in a charter project of the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
MODEC, Inc. (“MODEC”) has been providing competitive floating solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry and is recognised as a leading specialist for floating production systems such as Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels and Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs). MODEC has an excellent track record of EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) as well as charter and operations projects. MODEC was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and commissioning of two (2) Ghanaian FPSOs, namely, FPSO Kwame Nkrumah for Jubilee fields and the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills for the T.E.N fields.
MODEC Production Services Ghana JV Ltd. (MPSG) is a subsidiary of MODEC Inc. MPSG (which is a joint venture company with JILMEC - an indigenous Ghanaian company with expertise in exploration, production and oilfield Engineering & Logistics services - is the operator of FPSO Kwame Nkrumah in the Jubilee fields and FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills in the T.E.N fields on behalf of Tullow Ghana Ltd. and its partners contributing approximately 80% of Ghana’s oil production.
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”) is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service. enterprises in the world, with 133 offices in 65 countries. Mitsui is multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects.
Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. (“MOL”) is one of the world’s largest full-line marine transport groups with over 130 years’ experience in the world shipping industry. MOL leads the world shipping industry by responding to customers’ needs with a diversified business portfolio.
Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”) is one of the Japanese leading trading companies with a total of 136 offices in 68 countries around the world. Marubeni’s business interests cover a broad range of sectors and extend to investment, development and management of energy and infrastructure projects on a global level.